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SO-50 Satellite
Using CHIRP

UV-82

 


What is the SO50 Satellite

SO50 is a communications satellite developed by AMSAT for Amateur Radio. 
 
 
The Goal of this page
 
Being able to contact other amateur operators via Satellite is another aspect of the amateur radio hobby. The are several satellites currently in use, however SO50 is one of the more popular.

This is a 'starter' page with some of the basics, references, and a CHIRP programming file. Searching the internet for information on AMSAT and SO50 will provide mega information on the topic.

 
YouTube Video

A great 11 minute YouTube Video was created by Ben KV4RH explaining the Hows and Whys of setting up your transceiver for SO50 operation.
 
UV-82
AOS - Acquisition of Signal
LOS - Loss of Signal

 
Set up using CHIRP
 
Here is a link to a CHIRP file using the frequencies described in the above video.  Although the file was created using a Baofeng UV82, the image can be cut and pasted into the image for your transceiver.  Save the following CHIRP image file, and cut and paste from there.  CHIRP_SO50

Very Important: You cannot just load this file directly into your radio. Each UV5R and UV82 has unique firmware.
Follow the procedure CHIRP FAQ 1.1
 
 
ISS Slow Scan TV Images
 
Another facet of satellite communications is SSTV. Periodically, SSTV images are transmitted from the ISS. Using an APRS-K2 Cable interface with your tablet or iPhone, you would be able to receive these SSTV images.
 
Link to:  ISS TV (SSTV)
Link to:  Review APRS-K2



References 
AMSAT
>> AMSAT for Beginners <<
SO50 - FAQ
Tracking for SO50
Operating SO50




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